Arcipelago Ocno

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Arcipelago Ocno is an archipelago of floating islands that functions as an aquatic piazza for the city, extending Mantova’s urban fabric onto the lakes that surround its historic centre. Throughout the year it will host concerts, events, performances, lectures and screenings on Mantova’s lakes, transforming them from a picturesque backdrop to an active site of urban life. The islands form modular units which can be reconfigured, relocated and extended according to the activities they host, and will continue to provide a venue for Mantova’s cultural activities in years to come.
The archipelago is named after Ocno – a demigod son of Manto and the god river Mincio. Legend has it that in honor of his deceased mother, Ocno founded the city of Mantova on the river Mincio, where he fled after his father was recalled to live among his fellow Gods. The installation’s outline recalls the form of the lotus, or Nelumbium nucifera, an extensive presence in the lakes that bloom in July and August.

Arcipelago Ocno is an archipelago of floating islands that functions as an aquatic piazza for the city, extending Mantova’s urban fabric onto the lakes that surround its historic centre. Throughout the year it will host concerts, events, performances, lectures and screenings on Mantova’s lakes, transforming them from a picturesque backdrop to an active site of urban life. The islands form modular units which can be reconfigured, relocated and extended according to the activities they host, and will continue to provide a venue for Mantova’s cultural activities in years to come.
Project team: Joseph Grima, Giulia Finazzi, Enrico Ginocchio
Client: Città di Mantova (Mattia Palazzi, Sindaco, Lorenza Baroncelli, Assessore Rigenerazione Urbana)
Production: Piemme Srls
In collaboration with Libra Onlus & Istituto Fde
Technical consultant: Franco Troffei
Electrical systems: Martini&Martini
Logistics: Navi Andes Negrini
Photography and media: Siglacom for Mantova2016

Press:
Living Corriere della Sera
Artribune
Gazzetta di Mantova

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